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Languages and Settlement Services Department

April 22, 2024

The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) is a powerful instructional model designed to support English learners (ELs) in their academic journey. Developed by Jana Echevarría, MaryEllen Vogt, and Deborah J. Short, SIOP provides educators with a comprehensive framework for creating inclusive and effective classrooms.

When teachers integrate language development and content instruction, they create an environment where ELs can thrive. SIOP recognizes that language and content are interconnected. Rather than teaching language skills in isolation, SIOP encourages teachers to embed language development within subject-specific lessons. ELs not only learn academic content but also develop language proficiency simultaneously.

While SIOP was initially designed for ELs, its principles benefit all students. The model promotes active engagement, visual aids, and interactive strategies that enhance everyone's comprehension. Inclusive classrooms foster collaboration, empathy, and cultural awareness. By using scaffolding techniques, graphic organizers, and cooperative learning, educators meet the diverse needs of their students.

SIOP emphasizes respect, collaboration, and cultural responsiveness, which aligns with the district’s focus on equity and inclusion. When teachers value students’ linguistic and cultural backgrounds, students feel validated and motivated. A positive classroom climate enhances student engagement and overall well-being.

Implementing SIOP requires ongoing professional development. As educators refine their SIOP practices, they become more skilled at meeting the needs of diverse learners. ELL teachers throughout the district have recently engaged in SIOP training and are excited to share their learning with teachers and students. Next year, SIOP training will be expanded to include department classroom teachers and administrators.

The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol is more than a set of instructional strategies; it is a commitment to equity, excellence, and student success. By implementing SIOP, educators create classrooms where all students thrive, regardless of their language backgrounds. As we continue to embrace diversity, SIOP remains a valuable tool for promoting inclusive education and fostering lifelong learning. To learn more about SIOP training, please visit the ELL Sharepoint

Curriculum – Languages and Settlement Services